pandonkey: (Default)
2009-05-22 09:54 pm

Next time, I'm goin with something like

So apparently one or more people out there can't type their very-similar-to-mine email address correctly. This is most likely because my email address is my first name and last initial at, making it quite generic and quite probably just one letter or a missing number off from thousands of other addresses. What this means is that I'm constantly getting "Please confirm your email address!" messages from sites I've never joined, mailing list stuff from a restaurant in Monterey, updates on my nonexistent terrier (including a happy birthday message) from a vet in California, and most recently friends list notifications (for usernames like "wise50something" and "theultimateexperience") and message updates from a site called "", which I've never heard of. I have an image in my mind of the mysterious individual responsible for all of these... I envision an older lady, possibly a widow, who's not so great with the internet (and therefore poor at remembering/correctly typing her address) but who loves her dear little doggie and her dinners out.

ETA: I googled, and discovered...this. My impression of my mysterious address-mistyper has just made a sharp turn into Ohdearsville.
pandonkey: (Books!)
2009-04-12 07:25 pm

(no subject)

Looks like this isn't even necessary now -- it's already the number one result! -- but every little bit helps:

Amazon Rank
pandonkey: (Default)
2009-03-10 10:37 pm


I spent much of today with an aching jaw -- right side only, for some reason -- while holding an alternately crying and sleeping baby (who was RAVENOUS today) and watching Twin Peaks on the Chiller network.

Not surprisingly, I feel a bit out of sorts this evening. Despite all the oddness of today, I find myself with just one persistent thought: how did whoever made the ads for Chupacabra: Dark Seas ("In the jungles of Puerto Rico, it fed on small game. But aboard a cruise ship, it found no small game -- only large.") come to believe that meerkats lived in Puerto Rico?
pandonkey: (Default)
2009-01-08 09:56 pm

I'm a terrible journaler.

It's come to my attention that I've failed to mention an extremely significant life event on here. I blame this on the fact that I almost never think to create an actual post about big things -- just the little "while I'm thinking of it" stuff. So, yeah, Doug and I are expecting our first child! We're expecting her any day now, in fact -- I'm due on Sunday (January 11). Of course, I've been told I'm showing absolutely zero progress toward labor, so, uh... who knows when she'll actually get here? SOON, I hope! It's getting a little difficult, y'know, moving and walking and all...
pandonkey: (Default)
2009-01-01 12:19 am

Happy New Year!

Good riddance (for the most part), 2008! Here's hoping 2009 goes a little better for everyone.

Okay, I'ma go to bed.
pandonkey: (Ding Dong)
2008-12-05 10:13 pm

(no subject)

Just saw a commercial for the SciFi channel's show Sanctuary. It appears to be bad sci-fi TV in its purest, distilled form. Sample dialogue, spoken while on a doomed sub blah blah Bermuda Triangle blah blah:

"Just go deeper!"
"We can't!"
"Just DO it!!"

Classic. (Also: That's what she said.)
pandonkey: (Default)
2008-11-05 12:34 am

(no subject)

I feel kind of hokey for saying this, but I have tears in my eyes after that speech. Good job, America -- we got this one right.
pandonkey: (Dork)
2008-09-14 11:40 pm

A momentous occasion

I'm so proud -- I was just called a douchebag on the Internet for the first time in my long and lustrous online career. I've been a late bloomer, but at long last, this greatest of milestones has been reached.
pandonkey: (MST3k)
2008-07-27 11:46 pm

Back from LA, Disneyland, and Comic-con!

We had a ridiculously good time in California this past week and change. I haven't quite recovered enough to post coherently about the whole trip, but (with some minor, mostly traffic-related exceptions), we had a blast the whole time. Got to have dinner and spend time with [ profile] yellow3, which was fantastic, because it's been ages (aaaaageeeeeees!). Disneyland was more fun than I expected, and I got to ride my childhood favorite Mr. Toad's Wild Ride for the first time in decades, since the Magic Kingdom version was shut down.

Comic-con was pretty much non-stop fun, despite the sore feet and aching shoulders, and I got into some great panels that I really enjoyed -- including the MST3k 20th Anniversary panel!! (Stopping here with the exclamation points to avoid accusations of insanity, but it was great and a huge surprise to actually have made it in -- the line was unbelievable.) Also got autographs from Joel, Trace, and Frank! I'm not usually an autograph hunter, but I came across their booth quite accidentally and managed to get in line shortly before it closed, so it seemed meant to be. I picked up a fair bit of nifty Tick gear (and some Tick comics before the con; we found that comic store, [ profile] yellow3!), a Penny Arcade book, the new Fables book, a rather cute Zoidberg figure, some T-shirts, quite a lot of buttons... and probably several other things I've forgotten.

The other panels I saw, in some cases just as a side benefit of trying to get into rooms for later panels, were

  • The Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary/Foster's Home panel, which was one of those side-benefit panels but quite a lot of fun; I had no idea the voices of Spongebob Squarepants, Eduardo from Foster's, and the Mayor of Townsville were all the same guy.
  • The Spaced panel, which was terrific and if you're a fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, geek-favorite movies like Star Wars, comics, games, and/or British comedies at all, the DVDs are finally available in the US and are quite worth checking out.
  • Some sort of "influence of comics on the media" panel, which was another accidental one that turned out to be quite a nice surprise, as it featured Paul Feig (creator of Freaks & Geeks and director of episodes of Arrested Development, The Office, and 30 Rock) and graphic designer Chip Kidd, among others, and was quite interesting.
  • The Pushing Daisies panel (a hard choice between this one, the one for Chuck, and a Fables one, but the timing on the Fables one didn't work out, and I figured Adam Baldwin would draw a lot of Firefly fans to the Chuck one, making it hard to get into. Little did I realize the frightening power of Kristen Chenowith fans... but it was a very fun panel nonetheless. The show is extremely clever and funny once you look past the sometimes twee cutesiness.

Most of these were NOT the big panels that everyone wanted to get into; it was hard enough getting into even these. (And I missed out on the Futurama/Simpsons one and the one with The Office writers.) In some cases the room choices just seemed too small for the demand, but I'm sure putting together something as monumental as Comic-con is a logistics nightmare from start to finish. Overall it seemed to run quite smoothly, but I do think I've had my fill of standing in line for quite a while. I'll post photos once I recover the brainpower to do so.
pandonkey: (Horror)
2008-05-24 12:38 am

I am sorry to say...Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull Goofiness

Well. That was...not...quite what I'd hoped. Was somewhat more enjoyable once I decided to view it as an extremely well-funded piece of mediocre fanfiction. Through that lens, it was more fun. But still...not.

ETA: Somebody smack the pen out of George Lucas's hand, okay?
pandonkey: (Osaka)
2008-04-26 12:52 am

Pee-Wee's I get. And at least Annie Hall's a comedy. But M?

A moment of strangeness brought to you by my Netflix recommendations:

The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Season 1 (2-Disc Series)

Because you enjoyed:
Annie Hall
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

(Incidentally, I will not be adding Pete & Pete season 1 to my queue...because I already own it.)
pandonkey: (Gromit in winter)
2008-01-19 04:14 pm


Yay! (Please don't hit me, Northerners.) Took the dog for a quick walk in it, and held the cat on the porch. Both were far more excited by just being outside, but I liked the snow.
pandonkey: (Osaka)
2008-01-08 12:09 am

(no subject)

I have a lot of things to write about, but I'm so far behind in my everything that I just don't have the energy to start. Por ejemplo, I have close to 200 unread messages in my Gmail inbox; not all of them are recent, but most are. Most are also probably junk, but sorting them out will take time I'm not terribly interested in spending right now. Por otro ejemplo, I still don't know where several of my Christmas gifts are; they're in the house somewhere, but in which box/pile? Hard to say.

Christmas was fun, minus the part just before where I got a case of the Linda Blairs and whacked my head on the armoire while running to the bathroom. Once I was better, I was greatly comforted by the general good cheer of my husband's family. Rumpelmintz + Belgian chocolate shot glasses on Christmas Eve? God rest ye merry, gentlemen.

...A google search to check the spelling of Rumpelmintz has turned up...what? "Catster"?

pandonkey: (Good Omens - damned)
2007-10-31 11:11 pm

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to everyone!

Among our first trick-or-treaters this year were two little girls, one dressed as a princess, the other as a shark. I said, "Ooh, a princess and a shark -- that's an unusual pair." The princess got very excited and said, "The shark eats the princess! EEEEEE!!!!"

So it was a good night.
pandonkey: (HRG)
2007-09-24 11:05 pm

TV fangirling of the worst sort

I was going to make a coherent post about something relevant, but then I watched Heroes.

Heroes Heroes Heroes Heroes Heroes )
pandonkey: (Osaka)
2007-09-13 01:19 am

Nervous Breakdown Scenario #45 (in the key of E)

So today was a bad day at work.

On the way home, I imagined how my nervous breakdown will go: I will snap one day and realize that I have Never Achieved My Dreams. I will sneak out of the office (I'm not the storming type) and set out to follow my star. Scrambling for what exactly My Dreams are, and here I'm going with the assumption that my mind is a hat full of slips of paper listing my various desires, I'll dig around a little and pull up one from my childhood. This will be the very early one involving riding horseback across the country along the side of various interstates. I found this particular fantasy to be quite useful on long car trips; it lost its shine a bit when I was old enough to realize that riding a horse along an interstate would be smelly, unpleasant, and highly dangerous. But in this nervous breakdown scenario of mine, I forget all that and decide to do it.

So I would steal a horse and get out on the road. Please picture a nearly thirty-year-old woman in business casual attire, her eyes wild, bumping along I-40 on the back of what's most likely a stodgy old Quarter horse from someone's backyard. Tack consists of a faded nylon halter, let's say purple, with a mismatched lead line and probably an old Western saddle that's seen better days (and they wouldn't get much worse than this one). I would probably be singing.

Some kind soul would call my husband, and he'd turn up in the Outback, driving slowly alongside me with his hazards on. He'd roll down the passenger-side window and lean across to try to talk some sense into me. I'd ignore him, bent on reclaiming my joy, grasping happiness, and Achieving My Dreams, dammit.

At some point, he'd pull out the fact (entirely made up by me for this breakdown scenario) that according to a very old law, horse theft is still punishable by hanging in North Carolina. Good news, though! The law only takes effect if I take the horse outside of the county. Finally, somewhat disheartened by the threat of being hung by the neck until dead, I rein in my faithful steed just before the county line.

...So anyway. That's how I think it might go.
pandonkey: (Applause)
2007-08-29 11:48 pm
pandonkey: (Default)
2007-08-28 11:40 pm

LiveJournal auto-post

Auto-post cut for your mental well-being )

I have absolutely no memory of what the thing about the urine sample is about.
pandonkey: (Ding Dong)
2007-08-28 01:12 am

Top ten things I say that make coworkers look at me funny.

Another 12-hour day at work. Only positive: tasty chocolate chip cookies from Trader Joe's that remind me ever-so-slightly of Grover's cookies, my very favorite cookies in the world. Grover was a friend and coworker of mine in New York, and he made the best goddamn cookies known to humankind. We haven't been in touch since Doug and I moved. He was a clarinetist -- I hope he's got a chair now in an orchestra someplace quirky and affordable.

I thought I'd have a go at this meme that's going around.

Ten references I expect my nearest and dearest to get (at least some of): This is really more accurately a list of things I say all the time without really expecting people to get them, but some of them are pretty well known. I'm leaving out anything from The Princess Bride, 'cause I could easily do a list with nothing but that.

1. But why'd I have the bowl, [name]? Why'd I have the bowl?!
2. I hated her SO ... much, that it... flames, flames, on the side of my face, breathing, breathless ... heaving breaths...
3. What are you, a wizard, a genius? ...You stupid...hotel manager!
4. Close it! Close it! Close it up again!
5. Black eyes, like a dolllll's eyes. [On seeing a very hideous home in Virginia a couple of weeks ago, Doug and I somehow co-paraphrased: "He had a pink a dolllll's house."]
6. You're bastard people, you're just bastard people! [I usually misquote this as "You people are bastard people!"]
7. Smell baaaaaad!
8. Diagnosis? Bad babysitting. [Insert any given word in place of "babysitting," and Doug and I say this constantly.]
9. We'll be reaching speeds of three! [often accompanied by "I could go faster, but I'd have to drop the waxing compound!"]
10. Nojo on the rojo. [This isn't even close to one of the best lines from the source, but for some reason, I say it all the time.]